Dr Anna Bortolan is currently a Teaching Fellow in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to this, she was an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, and obtained a PhD in Philosophy from Durham University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of psychiatry, and philosophy of emotion. Dr Bortolan's work has explored the role of affectivity in psychopathological experience - with a particular focus on the relationship between emotions, self-consciousness, and narrative self-understanding - and has investigated the phenomenology of depression, experiences associated with borderline personality disorder, and social anxiety. One of the main areas of focus of her current research is also the philosophical investigation of self-esteem and the role that this may play in various forms of psychiatric illness.